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Author: sgb2007 
Date:   2007-09-21 18:05

I play on a Leblanc Noblet 45 (I think it's 45) and have been playing on it for about 6 years. I am now a freshman in college and play the clarinet in the band. I cannot afford to purchase a Buffet clarinet, but I am interested in learning about what sort of comparable effects purchasing a new barrel can have on tone, pitch, etc on a somewhat aged instrument. Do you have any suggestions for barrels I could potentially look into? I know the Moening and Chadash barrels are popular, but I am not completely certain about whether or not they would be compatible with my instrument due to differences in bore sizes and such.

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 Re: Barrels
Author: pelo_ensortijado 
Date:   2007-09-21 18:22

go and try some on a music/woodwind-store!!! there is a lot of different barrels. from handcarved wood to melted plastics. some of them works for u, others doesn't!(even within the same brand and model) its a question of what sound you want and how the clarinet is made. hard to tell from here. :P
for me it was a huge difference. and worth every penny!! i have a chadashbarrel btw.
search the bb for barrels, and you find a lot of information, brands and models!

good luck!

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 Re: Barrels
Author: Arnoldstang 
Date:   2007-09-23 17:14

If you are near Minneapolis you should phone and visit Midwest Musical Imports. They might have things to try.

Freelance woodwind performer

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 Re: Barrels
Author: Bob Phillips 
Date:   2007-09-23 19:41

be cautioned that you will probably need to experiment with a couple dozen barrels to find one that makes you happy. It is good to have a skilled listener along to provide a second opinion.

Also, trying one Buffet/Moening 67-mm barrel is NOT definitive. Another of the same brand and (nominal) bore taper will be different. The cocobolo barrel with the same designation as the blackwood barrel will not play the same.

If you try, say, 3 barrels on approval by mail order, it is not likely that you'll find something good there. Be prepared to audition a couple dozen!

If you're consulting with a professional barrel maker, perhaps s/he can synthesize exactly what you think you need --I've never done that.

Bob Phillips

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 Re: Barrels
Author: Brenda 2017
Date:   2007-09-24 00:43

I second the vote for seeing a professional. I thought I needed a 67mm barrel in order to correct a slightly sharp instrument, but when I took it to Gary Armstrong Woodwinds in Toronto they recommended a new Vandoren B40 series 13. That did the trick.

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